From 21-and-older bashes to family friendly celebrations, here are some options for ringing in 2012
New Year’s Eve Bash at Rawhide
What: Enjoy a buffet menu, live music, dancing, party favors and a sparkling beverage to toast the New Year. Fireworks at midnight.
When: 9 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012; buffet runs 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31, a la carte menu offered 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Dec. 31; festivities to follow
Where: Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler
Cost: $45 adults, $18 children ages 4-12
Information: (480) 502-5600 or rawhide.com; reservations recommended for groups
Zoo Year’s Eve
What: Tour ZooLights, dance to music provided by a disc jockey, and enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks at this 21-and-older New Year’s Eve party.
When: 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012
Where: Phoenix Zoo, 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Cost: $40-$45 per person, or $75-$85 per couple
Information: (602) 914-4333 or www.phoenixzoo.org
Hearts of Gold, a Save the Family benefit
What: Join Save the Family Foundation of Arizona for a night of food, live entertainment, dancing, casino gaming, and lakeside fireworks.
When: 7 p.m. Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. Jan. 1, 2012
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado
Cost: Individual tickets start at $200; table sponsorships up to $15,000, which includes seating for 10, limo service, drink coupons and more
Information: Ericka Espino, (480) 898-0228, Ext. 205.
Zoppe An Italian Family Circus
What: Propelled by a story featuring acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, clowning and audience participation, the show aims higher than typical circuses. This New Year’s Eve event includes party favors.
When: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31 (other shows run Dec. 29 through Jan. 7, 2012, including several New Year’s Day events)
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
Cost: New Year’s Eve tickets, $20-$37; other shows $15-$32